Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPXA), a company developing Tovaxin®, a novel T-cell therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS), today announced it has recently added a key international opinion leader to its Scientific Advisory Board. Mark Freedman, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the field of neurology at the University of Ottawa, and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus. He will be joining other colleagues of high regard on Opexa’s Scientific Advisory Board: Dawn McGuire, M.D. (Chair), Doug Arnold, M.D., Edward Fox, M.D., Ph.D., Hans-Peter Hartung, M.D., Clyde Markowitz, M.D., Paul O’Connor, M.D., and Arthur Vandenbark, Ph.D.

“It is a distinct pleasure to welcome Dr. Freedman to Opexa’s Scientific Advisory Board,” stated Dr. McGuire, Chair of the SAB. “Dr. Freedman is internationally renowned for his expertise in MS translational research and has been involved in numerous clinical trials in patients with MS. We will benefit greatly from his clinical and scientific insights as we move to the next phase of Tovaxin development for MS.”

“As a neuroimmunologist, I have carefully followed Opexa’s technology for some time and have always been intrigued about this novel approach to treating MS patients,” commented Dr. Freedman. “As a personalized and targeted therapy with an excellent safety profile, Tovaxin may prove to be a differentiated product for the treatment of both Relapsing Remitting and Secondary Progressive MS patients. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to guide the Company in their efforts to further develop Tovaxin for patients with MS.”

Mark Freedman, M.D. Bio

Dr. Freedman is currently professor of medicine in the field of neurology at the University of Ottawa, as well as director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus. He holds his specialist certification in Quebec CSPQ and all of Canada FRCP(C) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN).

Dr. Freedman has published extensively and his research includes the area of molecular neurochemistry, cellular immunology and clinical studies in MS. In addition, he has over 25 years of experience in the management of patients with MS and has been principal investigator, steering committee member and DSMB member on numerous clinical trials with new therapeutic agents for MS.

Dr. Freedman is also active on several national and international committees including the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, National MS Society (USA), the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ACTRIMS) and the Consortium of MS Centres (CMSC). He is the immediate past president of the Canadian Network of MS Clinics.

About Opexa

Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. is dedicated to the development of patient-specific cellular therapies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. The Company’s leading therapy, Tovaxin®, is a personalized cellular immunotherapy treatment that is in late stage clinical development for MS. Tovaxin is derived from T-cells isolated from peripheral blood, expanded ex vivo, and reintroduced into the patients via subcutaneous injections. This process triggers a potent immune response against specific subsets of autoreactive T-cells known to attack myelin and, thereby, reduces the risk of relapse over time.

Opexa is preparing for a Phase III clinical trial with Tovaxin in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) following the completion of a Phase IIb clinical study in 150 patients with MS. Data from this clinical study show evidence that RRMS patients treated with Tovaxin saw overall clinical and disability benefits over the placebo group, including a clinically relevant decrease in the Annualized Relapse Rate (ARR), and improvement in disability score (EDSS), as well as an excellent safety profile with no serious adverse events related to Tovaxin treatment. In addition, Opexa is evaluating opportunities to advance Tovaxin through clinical development in Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS), an area with high unmet medical need.

For more information visit the Opexa Therapeutics website at www.opexatherapeutics.com.

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